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Pastor’s Friday Comments (02.22.19)

Through my ministry as a pastor I often hear myself saying the words, “I’m praying for you.” Though I may not always be as intentional at following through on that promise as I should be, I try to be true to my word. And I believe that prayers offered for others make...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (02.14.19)

Through our support of and cooperation with mission partners at home and around the world, Parkway extends our influence for Christ in remarkable ways. Because of our financial gifts both through the Global Missions Offering and our general fund, as well as those from...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (02.08.19)

In a recent article by a neurologist, I learned about an incredibly prescient story written in 1909 by E. M. Forster titled “The Machine Stops.” Forster imagines a future where people live underground in isolated cells, never seeing one another and communicating only...

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From the Pastor….

On Sunday, January 20, our congregation took a critical step toward ensuring that a family of faith committed to reverent, classic worship, personal relationships with fellow believers, and a Christian witness in a changing environment continues to exist in our...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (02.01.19)

I saw a cartoon many years ago that reflects the mixed messages we receive every day. A young person is preparing to get dressed in the morning and he has laid out on the bed two tee shirts. He is trying to decide which to wear. One says, “Just say ‘No!’” The other...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.25.19)

  Soon our church website will have a new format. You may not see a lot of difference in its appearance, but it will be a little easier to navigate and the announcements of current events will be more prominent. However, one of the elements from our current site...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.18.19)

Over a century ago an Episcopal clergyman and author named Phillips Brooks delivered the Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale. They were one of the most formative influences on my own preaching. (No, I didn’t hear them in person. They were collected into a...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.11.19)

Every morning I engage in a fairly structured order of prayer. (I know prayer should be spontaneous, like conversation, but this works for me.) And every day I conclude by saying the prayer our Lord taught us to pray, always in the King James English, the way I and...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (01.04.19)

Earlier this week, as a newly elected US Senator prepared to take office, he wrote an editorial outlining what he thought our country needs today. I won’t cite the article directly since it was understandably political, but twice he said that one of the institutions...

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Pastor’s January Newsletter Column

It’s not uncommon for people at this time of the year, in addition to making resolutions, to compose a mental wish list. As we turn the page of the calendar and think about what the future may hold, we have some, often specific, ways that we would like for it to...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.21.18)

As I did last week, I share with you the prayer we will be using for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in The Beginning Prayer Service. Join us in praying that these final days of preparation before Christmas will be spent in ways that builds up the body of Christ on earth,...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.14.18)

As I did last week, I share with you the prayer we will be using for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in The Beginning Prayer Service. Join us in praying that these final days of preparation before Christmas will be spent in ways that builds up the body of Christ on earth,...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.07.18)

Most Christian families include one or more Nativity Scenes among their Christmas decorations. One of my personal favorites was given to us many years ago by a dear friend. It has always fallen to me to put out all the pieces -- there are thirty of them -- and it...

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Pastor’s December Newsletter Article

The current tagline for a magazine I read each week is “Dig deeper. Think harder. Look further.” The slant of the magazine is thoroughly secular and humanist, so I am not going to suggest adopting their perspective. However, anyone serious about a commitment to...

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Pastor’s Friday Comments (11.30.18)

I suspect most rituals don’t start out as such. They’re just something you do, then you do them again, and eventually it’s hard to see not doing them. A few years ago, on the First Sunday of Advent, during the Hanging of the Greens, I walked around the...

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